Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Deportations, overstaying students and the mystery of the Home Office website

Cynthia Barker writes...So sad to read about the death of Peaches Geldof yesterday, another tragedy for Sir Bob. My condolences and prayers go out to Peaches and her young family.

Last week, Mauritian student, Yashika Bageerathi, was deported  from the UK by the Home Office despite widespread protests and the fact she was about to take her A Level exams. So sad for her family who live here, however, she came here on a visitor visa and her subsequent asylum claim had been rejected.

What I don;t understand is why her parents brought her in on a tourist visa, when she was under 18, when she could have come in as a dependent or even on a student visa to study in the UK. Had she had proper immigration advice, she would have entered the UK under the correct visa and would most likely still be here.

Although in this case, the decision to remove the gifted student was technically correct, the fact is, the British government seems to put so much effort into deporting foreign students who are paying billions in course fees to study in the UK, not to mention taxes when they work in the UK.

Wow, busy day ahead! Full diary...another consultation for my team with n overstayer student who, thank God, happens to have an EEA partner.

So many overseas students have been branded as overstayers due to the fact that their student visas had expired during the time their applications for further leave to remain were being processed and later refused - in some cases after almost a year!

Talking about the Home Office, what have they done to the immigration website? Finding forms and guidance is now a nightmare!

For advice on EU or UK immigration law, phone Cynthia Barker on 020 8731 5972 or email her your details and number – Cynthia Barker is an OISC registered Immigration Adviser with a team of Level 3 Immigration Law Practitioners, Concept Care Solutions, Middlesex House, 29-45 High Street, Edgware, HA8 7UU.

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